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Better late than never – NAO Santa Maria makes landfall in Beaufort

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Photo by Bob Sofaly

After a week of unexpected delays, mostly because of bad weather, hundreds of people gathered at the seawall of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort to watch the 200-ton Nao Santa Maria arrive. 

The ship, a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ famous vessels, is part of the 525th anniversary celebration of the famous voyage in 1492 when Columbus claimed North America for Spain.

The ship is open to the public. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the ship’s four decks.

Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and older, $5 for ages 5 to 10 and $25 for a family of two adults and up to three children. Admission can be paid on site or tickets can be purchased at www.naosantamaria.org.

Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Sunday, April 14.

2018 Water Festival – Weekend 1 Wrap Up

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Photo above: Team Blazing Paddles, left, tries to close the gap on Team Trauma Drama during the popular Raft Races on Saturday in the Beaufort River. Trauma Drama, comprised of staff from Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, won the tournament and was awarded the Magic Carpet award for the fastest time of the day at 59.42 seconds. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Land your favorite Water Festival snapshots in next week’s paper! Here’s how to submit.

In next week’s paper, we’ll be featuring our favorite reader-submitted photographs and stories. Send us yours—the more unique, the better! E-mail high-resolution photographs to theislandnews@gmail.com, along with your name and a lively description. Multiple entries welcome.

Time To Celebrate

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63rd annual Beaufort Water Festival kicks off Friday

By Justin Jarrett

The best 10 days of the year are almost upon us.

It’s time for the 63rd annual Beaufort Water Festival to return to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, which will be the place to see and be seen from Friday, July 13, to Sunday, July 22.

The festival has grown leaps and bounds since the inaugural event in 1956 — not only in terms of its popularity, but also in the number of events offered. Back then, a $5 bill would get a couple into all the major events of festival week, which were limited to the beauty pageant, the Water Festival Ball (now known as the Commodore’s Ball), and the Regatta Ball. 

This year’s festival will include upwards of 25 events, including numerous concerts, fan favorites such as the Opening Ceremonies, Motown Monday, Teen Dance, Talent Show, Blessing of the Fleet, and tons of fun contests such as the Raft Race, bocce and badminton tournaments, the children’s toad fishing tournament, and the always entertaining Bed Race. 

This year marks a first for the festival, though — it’s the first time a husband and wife both will have served as Commodore. Beaufort native and attorney Stacey Canaday will serve as this year’s Commodore, following husband, Chris, who held the position in 2016. 

Canaday was a Pirette — one of the team of young women who serve as the festival’s goodwill ambassadors by participating in regional parades and events throughout the year and assist patrons during the Water Festival — during the early-1990s and has been a volunteer for the festival for the past 15 years. 

So Canaday knows her way around the Water Festival, but if you’re a first-timer, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind:

PARKING

Parking is limited downtown on an ordinary basis, but the competition for a space is especially fierce during the Water Festival. Be prepared to pay for parking, whether it’s at a metered space or in a paid lot downtown. Allow extra time to park and walk, or plan on parking at the Beaufort County Government Center and using the free shuttle for select evening events. 

IT’S HOT!

It’s not exactly breaking news that it gets hot in the Lowcountry in July, but seriously, Water Festival seems to come during one of the hottest weeks of the year, every year. Be sure to slap on some sunscreen before you head out and take in plenty of fluids (other than beer and wine) to avoid dehydration.  

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY

There’s no shortage of food and beverage available at Water Festival, and you can indulge as much as you like while knowing you’re helping support charities such as high school booster clubs. If you’re going to enjoy some adult beverages, though, be sure to drink responsibly and keep the atmosphere family-friendly, and whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. 

Photo at top by Bob Sofaly.

2018 BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, July 13

Festival Arts & Crafts Market 

Location: Promenade at Waterfront Park

Event Details: Noon – 7pm

OPENING CEREMONY

Sponsored by The Preserve at Port Royal

Entertainment: The Parris Island Marine Band & Fireworks at Dusk

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT​ | Gates open at 6pm, Ceremony at 7pm | FREE Shuttle Service from the Beaufort County Government Center

Saturday, July 14

Raft Race

Sponsored by CPM Federal Credit Union

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: 8:30am – Noon

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the 

Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9am – 7pm

Bocce Tournament

Sponsored by JoCo Construction 

and Sea Island Elevators

Location: Waterfront Park Main Field

Event Details: Play starts at 9am

Badminton Tournament

Sponsored by A.C. Harvey’s Screenprinting

Location: Waterfront Park Stage Field

Event Details: Play starts at 9am

Children’s Toad Fishing Tournament

Sponsored by Plair Enterprises, Inc

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10am – Noon | Ages 12 and under only Bring your own rod, reel and tackle | Bait provided

Sponsor’s Expo

Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion

Event Details: FREE EVENT

10am – 2pm

Shrimp Boat Tours

Sponsored by Sea Eagle Market

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: FREE EVENT| 

Noon – 4pm

Ski Show

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 1:30pm

CONCERT IN THE PARK

Sponsored by New Country Bob 106.9

Headline Performer GRANGER SMITH featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. with 

SPECIAL GUESTS

country entertainer JOHN KING and new rising country act WALKER COUNTY 

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $30 | Gates open at 6pm, Show at 7pm | No strollers, coolers, outside food or beverages or professional photography | No Refunds | FREE Shuttle service from Beaufort County Government Center | Children age 5 and under FREE 

Sunday, July 15

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the 

Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9am – 5pm

River Rally

Sponsored by Butler Marine

Location: Local Waters

Event Details: 9am – 1pm

Children’s Day

Sponsored by Coastal Orthodontics

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 11am – 3pm | Featuring Games, Activities, Shows, Bounce Houses and Prizes

Shrimp Boat Tours

Sponsored by Sea Eagle Market

Location: Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: FREE EVENT  

Noon – 4pm

TEEN DANCE

Sponsored by JOHN 3:16

Entertainment: DJ Donna

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $10 | 6pm – 9pm | Gates open 6pm – 9pm, No entry after 8pm (NO RE-ENTRY ALLOWED)  Ages 13 – 17 only, ID Required | Clutch Purses Only (6” x 9” size) | Please Wear Appropriate Clothing | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers

Monday, July 16

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the 

Waterfront Park

Event Details: 10am – 7pm

MOTOWN MONDAY

Sponsored by South State Bank

Entertainment: Deaz-Guyz

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $15 | Gates open 7pm, Show at 8pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | FREE Shuttle Service from the Beaufort County Government Center | Children age 5 and under FREE

Tuesday, July 17

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the 

Waterfront Park

Event Details: 10am – 7pm

HOMETOWN TUESDAY

Sponsored by Beaufort Regional 

Chamber of Commerce

Headline Entertainment: 

Steel Rail Express

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT | Gates open 7pm, Show at 8pm | No outside food or beverages, or coolers

Wednesday, July 18

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the 

Waterfront Park

Event Details: 10am – 7pm

TALENT SHOW

Sponsored by Landon’s LP

Hosted by: The Preceptor Omega 

Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $10 or FREE with Official 2018 63rd Annual Water Festival T-Shirt Gates open at 6pm, Show at 7pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE

Thursday, July 19

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the 

Waterfront Park

Event Details: 10am – 7pm

LOWCOUNTRY SUPPER

Sponsored by Waste Pro

Headline Entertainment: 20 Ride

Opening Entertainment: Andrew Beam

Featuring: The Whistlers

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $15 | Gates open at 6pm Supper served 6pm – 7:30pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages, or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE

Friday, July 20

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park

Event Details: 10am – 7pm

Bed Race

Sponsored by Starr Distribution

Location: Corner of Bay & Harrington

Event Details: $25 entry per team | 4:30pm check-in | 5pm start time | Same day registration based on space availability

RIVER DANCE

Sponsored by City Electric Supply

Entertainment: Groove Town Assault

Opening Entertainment: Souls Harbor

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $15 | Gates open at 7pm, Show at 8pm | Must be 18 or Older with Valid ID to attend | No refunds, outside food or beverages, coolers or strollers |  FREE Shuttle service from Beaufort County Government Center

Saturday, July 21

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9am – 7pm

Water Festival Grand Parade

Organized by: The Beaufort Lions Club

Location: Downtown Beaufort

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 10am – Noon

Non-Profit Expo

Location: Waterfront Park Pavilion

Event Details: FREE EVENT | Noon – 4pm

​Air Show

Sponsored by Executive Flight Training

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: FREE EVENT | 1pm – 4pm  Stunt Planes | US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo

COMMODORE’S BALL

Sponsored by Mike’s Marine

Entertainment: Emerald Empire Band

Location: Waterfront Park

Event Details: $10 | Gates open at 7pm, Show at 8pm | No refunds, outside food or beverages or coolers | Children age 5 and under FREE

Sunday, July 22

Festival Arts & Crafts Market

Location: Promenade at the 

Waterfront Park

Event Details: 9am – 3pm

Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats

Sponsored by The Past Commodores 

of the Beaufort Water Festival

Location: Beaufort River in front of 

Waterfront Park Seawall

Event Details: Noon – 2pm | FREE registration | Boats must register to be eligible for prizes | All applications must be at the judge’s table prior to Noon

Festival Ends – 3:00 pm

See you next year!

June 12 Primary Results

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Voters throughout South Carolina went to the polls Tuesday, June 12, for the primary elections ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. A handful of races were fully decided, as primary winners will not face opposition in November, while many others are headed to run-offs June 26.

GOVERNOR

State Rep. James Smith secured the Democratic nomination with 61.81 percent of the vote, easily defeating Marguerite Willis (27.55%) and Phil Noble (10.64%). Smith now awaits the winner of a June 26 run-off between incumbent Henry McMaster (42.32%) and John Warren (27.83%) for the Republican nomination. 

SECRETARY OF STATE

Incumbent Mark Hammond claimed 65.44 percent of the vote in the Republican primary to secure the nomination. He will face Democrat Melvin Whittenburg in the November general election.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Incumbent Alan Wilson (48.65%) will face a June 26 runoff versus Todd Atwater (29.74%) for the Republican nomination. The winner will face Democrat Constance Anastopoulo in the November general election.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 1

Incumbent Mark Sanford (46.49%) was upset in the Republican primary by Katie Arrington (50.56%), who will face Democrat Joe Cunningham (71.51%) in the November general election. 

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 122

Incumbent Bill Bowers (47.48%) was ousted in the Democratic primary by Hampton County Councilman Shedron Williams (52.52%). Williams will not face opposition in the November general election.

BEAUFORT COUNTY SHERIFF

Incumbent PJ Tanner (54.73%) held off challenger JoJo Woodward (45.27%) to earn re-election. Tanner will be unopposed in the November general election.

BEAUFORT COUNTY AUDITOR

Incumbent Jim Beckert (52.28%) won reelection in a close race against challenger George Wright (47.72%). Beckert will run unopposed in the November general election.

BEAUFORT COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 9

Mark Lawson (45.77%) and Mike Raymond (19.10%) advanced to a June 26 run-off for the Republican nomination in this Bluffton district. The winner will face Democrat Mark McGinnis in November.

ADVISORY QUESTIONS

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly supported legalizing medical marijuana (82.03%) and requiring the state to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts (92.75%), while Republican voters showed similar support for allowing voters to choose to affiliate with a party when they register to vote (82.34%) and for conforming the state tax code with the new Trump tax cuts (92.3%). These advisory questions do not represent pending referenda but may be used to guide party priorities regarding future legislation.

Complete unofficial results

Photo at top: These campaign signs clutter the sidewalk at Greene and Baggett streets near the polling place in the  Charles “Lind” Brown Neighborhood Activity Center. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

2018 T.I.N. Favorites Winners!

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 Congratulations to all 2018 T.I.N. Favorite Winners! We are so proud to have so many wonderful businesses, organizations and people in this amazing community we call home. Thank you for all you do!

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2018 Favorite Winners

Favorite All Around Restaurant Old Bull Tavern
Favorite Antique Shop Collectors Antique Mall
Favorite Annual Community Event Water Festival
Favorite Appliance Repair Company Denny’s Appliance Repair
Favorite Budget-Friendly Restaurant Moe’s Southwest Grill
Favorite Fundraiser Capa’s Dancing with our Stars
Favorite Dining Atmosphere Breakwater
Favorite Dinner Spot Old Bull Tavern
Favorite Lunch Spot Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop
Favorite Advertising Agency PickleJuice Productions
Favorite Appliance Store Lowes
Favorite Art Gallery Thibault Gallery
Favorite Attorney Alex Dorobantu
Favorite Auto Repair Shop Zippy Lube
Favorite Auto Parts Store Auto Zone
Favorite Automobile Salesperson Ken Reed
Favorite Automobile Dealership Stokes Honda
Favorite Bakery Beaufort Bread Company
Favorite Bank CBC National Bank
Favorite Happy Hour Deals Breakwater
Favorite Bar Atmosphere Old Bull Tavern
Favorite Bar Old Bull Tavern
Favorite Barbeque Duke’s BBQ
Favorite Beaufort Destination Hunting Island
Favorite Bed & Breakfast Rhett House Inn
Favorite Bike Rental Shop Pluff Mudd
Favorite Boat Dealership Butler Marine
Favorite Book Store Beaufort Bookstore
Favorite Breakfast Blackstone’s Cafe
Favorite Buffet Golden Corral
Favorite Burger Fat Patties
Favorite Candy Store Chocolate Tree
Favorite Car Wash Custom Clean Car Wash
Favorite Carpet Cleaning Service Palmetto Carpet Cleaning
Favorite Carpet/Flooring Store Creative Interiors Carpet One
Favorite Caterer Debbi Covington
Favorite Chef Beth Shaw at Breakwater
Favorite Cell Phone Provider Verizon
Favorite Charity Worker Christina Wilson
Favorite Children’s Clothing Store Lily & Lou
Favorite Chiropractor Dr. Erikka at New Spring Chiropractic
Favorite Cleaning Service Sea Island Cleaning Services
Favorite Coffee Shop City Java & News
Favorite Builder Live Oak Builders
Favorite Convenience Store Parker’s
Favorite Credit Union Navy Federal Credit Union
Favorite Dance Studio Jayne Richardson Dance Studio
Favorite Day Spa Beaufort Day Spa
Favorite Day Care Center Hobbit Hill Preschool
Favorite Deli Publix Deli
Favorite Dentist Durham Dental
Favorite DJ Jesse Gavigan
Favorite Elementary School St. Peters Catholic School
Favorite Event Rental Company Amazing Event Rentals
Favorite Kayak Outfitter Higher Ground Outiftters
Favorite Dry Cleaner Tucker Dry Cleaners
Favorite Fabric Store Discount Fabric
Favorite Fast Food Restaurant Chick-fil-A
Favorite Finance Company Lendmark Financial
Favorite Fishing Charter Seas so Shallow
Favorite Fitness Center The Stillness Gym
Favorite Flower Shop Carolina Floral
Favorite Fried Chicken Maryland Fried Chicken
Favorite Furniture Store FWDG
Favorite Gift Shop LuLu Burgess
Favorite Golf Course The Sanctuary on Cat Island
Favorite Grocery Store Publix
Favorite Pet Groomer Beaufort Dog
Favorite Hair Salon Bangs Salon
Favorite Hair Dresser Jennifer Fleming
Favorite Hardware Store Grayco
Favorite Health Store Herban Marketplace
Favorite HVAC Service Carolina Air
Favorite High School Beaufort High School
Favorite Historic Tour Company Sea Island Carriage Company
Favorite Hospital Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Favorite Hotel City Loft Hotel
Favorite Ice Cream Shop Yo-yo’s Ice Cream
Favorite Insurance Agency Capstone Insurance
Favorite Insurance Agent Joel Iacopelli
Favorite Interior Designer Sheena Jenkins
Favorite International Restaurant Yes, Thai Indeed
Favorite Investment Group Wells Fargo Advisors
Favorite Italian Restaurant: Bella Napoli Italian Bistro
Favorite Jewelry Store Modern Jewelers
Favorite Karaoke Show Steve Curless Ramblin Entertainment
Favorite Kitchen Store Cook on Bay
Favorite Landscaping Service Vista Landscaping
Favorite Lighting Store Beaufort Winlectric Co.
Favorite Liquor Store Bill’s Liquors & Fine Wine
Favorite Live Entertainment Spot Luther’s
Favorite Local Artist Mary Thibault
Favorite Local Band Broke Locals
Favorite Nail Salon Best Nails
Favorite New Business Tales of the Lowcountry
Favorite Manufactured Housing Center Clayton Homes
Favorite Marina Downtown Marina
Favorite Massage Therapist Brittney Hiller
Favorite Medical Group Lowcountry Medical Group
Favorite Men’s Shop Higher Ground Outfitters
Favorite Middle School Beaufort Middle School
Favorite Mortgage Company Gateway Mortgage
Favorite Movie Theater Highway 21 Drive In
Favorite Moving Company Carolina Moving and Storage
Favorite Non-Profit Organization CAPA
Favorite Nursery Buds and Blooms
Favorite Oil Changing Company Zippy Lube
Favorite Optical Service Palmetto Eye Specialist
Favorite Orthodontist Coastal Orthodontics
Favorite Pest Control Company Collins Pest Control
Favorite Pet Supply Beaufort Dog
Favorite Pharmacist Emily Stansell
Favorite Pharmacy Publix
Favorite Photographer Courtney Borgan Photography
Favorite Physician Dr. Craig Floyd
Favorite Pizza Parlor The Upper Crust
Favorite Public Relations Firm Lowcountry Spotlight
Favorite Tire Store Barnard Tires
Favorite Plumber Lohr Plumbing Inc.
Favorite Copy Shop Murr Printing
Favorite Realtor Lisa Weslake
Favorite Real Estate Company Lowcountry Real Estate
Favorite Retirement/Assisted Living Center Morningside of Beaufort
Favorite Seafood Restaurant Dockside
Favorite Shoe Store Grounded Running
Favorite Sporting Goods Shop Higher Ground Outfitters
Favorite Sports Bar Brody’s Bar and Grill
Favorite Stable Plantation Stables of Beaufort
Favorite Sub Shop Firehouse Subs
Favorite Tanning Salon Carolina Tanning
Favorite Tack Store May River Tack & Equestrian
Favorite Tax Service Patel & Chester CPA
Favorite Taxi Service UBER
Favorite Teacher Miss Kissinger
Favorite Toy Store Monkey’s Uncle
Favorite Vacation Rental Company Seaside Getaways
Favorite Veterinarian Caroline Wreden
Favorite Video Store Lady’s Island Video Warehouse
Favorite Web Design Company PickleJuice Productions
Favorite Wine Shop Bill’s Liquors & Fine Wine
Favorite Women’s Clothing Shop SugarBelle
Favorite Yoga Studio Effervescence Yoga Spa
Favorite Alarm Company Beaufort Alarm & Sound
   

 

 

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